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April 14, 2006 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For Gavin Floyd, it's a simple formula for success: Think less. Let loose. Pound the strike zone. Floyd, who had enjoyed little success against the Atlanta Braves in his short career, showed some positive signs last night at Turner Field, where he allowed three runs in six innings in a closer-than-it-needed-to-be 7-6 victory over the Braves. The win proved to be an important one, and not only for Floyd. The Phillies won their first series of the season, improved to 3-6, and flew to Denver last night with a little momentum before they open a three-game series tonight against the Rockies at Coors Field.
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August 21, 2001 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Phillies and first-round draft pick Gavin Floyd are playing a high-stakes game of chicken, and both sides have a lot to lose. With just two days remaining before classes start at the University of South Carolina, Floyd, 18, who was the fourth overall selection in this year's draft, remained unsigned last night and was planning to travel from his home in Severna Park, Md., to the college campus in Columbia, S.C. Rodney Floyd said his...
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August 23, 2001 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
To paraphrase Yogi Berra, it ain't over till the kid goes to class. And Gavin Floyd clearly was more interested in Professional Pitching 101 than anything he could have learned at the University of South Carolina. One day after the Phillies said they were finished negotiating with their first-round draft pick, the representative for the Floyd family contacted the team and said the family wanted to reopen the talks. By 11:30 last night, the sides had agreed on a $4.2 million signing bonus that will allow the 18-year-old righthander to begin pursuit of his big-league dream.
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August 13, 2008 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
A pair of former Phillies righthanders went to American League contenders in separate deals yesterday. The Boston Red Sox acquired Paul Byrd from Cleveland, hoping to boost a rotation hurt by an injury to Tim Wakefield and the struggles of Clay Buchholz. And the Detroit Tigers signed free agent Freddy Garcia, who last pitched in the majors with the Phillies in June 2007 and required shoulder surgery shortly afterward. The 37-year-old Byrd is 7-10 with a 4.53 ERA. But he has won all four of his starts since the all-star break with a 1.24 ERA. Garcia, a two-time all-star, agreed to a minor-league contract with the Tigers.
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June 7, 2006 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
LOUISVILLE - In his first start since being optioned to triple A, Gavin Floyd pitched a complete game with nine strikeouts last night as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons beat the Louisville Bats, 5-1, in the International League. The former Phillies righthander allowed seven hits, a run and a walk. Reading 4, Binghamton 3 READING - Scott Mathieson struck out eight in eight innings and ripped a two-run homer as the Phillies beat the Mets in the Eastern League. Tim Moss' solo homer in the eighth proved to be the game-winner.
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May 14, 2005 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Gavin Floyd's record fell to 0-4 and his earned run average rose to 9.16 as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons lost to the Rochester Red Wings last night, 11-5, in the International League. Staked to a 2-0 lead, Floyd gave up two runs in the fifth inning and departed after Rob Bowen's bases-loaded triple in the sixth. Former Phillie Bud Smith got the win. Erie 6, Reading 4 READING - Don Kelly had two doubles and drove in three runs to lead the Sea Wolves past the Phillies in the Eastern League.
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December 18, 2003 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Phillies officially introduced new righthanded reliever Roberto Hernandez yesterday, and he reiterated his excitement about next season. Hernandez, 39, signed a one-year contract for $750,000 on Monday. "What separates this team right now in my eyes," he said, "is you have four quality starters right now and one that is undecided. You should never go in a slump if you have those types of pitchers in your rotation. " The Phillies' rotation includes Randy Wolf, Vicente Padilla, Eric Milton and Brett Myers.
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August 25, 2001 | By Bob Ford INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Gavin Floyd, the Phillies' first-round draft choice, and his brother Mike made the nine-hour drive Wednesday from their home in Severna Park, Md., to the University of South Carolina, they did what all incoming college students do upon reaching campus. No, they didn't unpack the hot plates and mini-microwaves. Didn't get out the Limp Bizkit posters and put together the cinder-block and wood-plank shelves. They checked into a Columbia, S.C., hotel. Gavin was scheduled to begin his freshman year Thursday with an 8 a.m. class called, "University," which is essentially an orientation program.
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October 22, 2008 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
2001: The Phillies made a good defensive team even better with the debut of 22-year-old rookie Jimmy Rollins as their everyday shortstop. Rollins finished third in the league among shortstops in fielding percentage and served as the team's sole representative in the All-Star Game. Third baseman Scott Rolen combined with Rollins to form an airtight left side of the infield and ended the season winning his third Gold Glove Award. The Phillies also had a fine defensive presence in centerfielder Doug Glanville.
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April 21, 2007 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
OTTAWA, Ontario - Former Phillies pitcher Gavin Floyd tossed six solid innings and Ryan Sweeney homered and drove in two runs as the Charlotte Knights beat the Ottawa Lynx, 3-1, last night in the International League. The Lynx are the Phillies' triple-A affiliate. Floyd allowed a run on five hits and three walks. He struck out six in his first win in three starts. Brennan King went 2 for 4 with an RBI for the Lynx, whose winning streak ended at four games. They suffered their first home loss of the season.
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June 16, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
TORONTO - Tuesday was Vince Velasquez's turn in the rotation, and he celebrated by playing catch before any fans entered Rogers Centre. That was an accomplishment, considering the panic Velasquez generated when he threw just two pitches last week. "I feel good," Velasquez said. That he progressed to a throwing program this soon continues to suggest the injury is not a serious one. It was diagnosed as a strained right biceps. The 24-year-old pitcher said team officials were treating him as if he were in a rotation, with a regular five-day schedule.
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July 23, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cameron Rupp lowered his catcher's mitt as Steven Souza Jr. braced for the 2-2 pitch. For the first time all night, two Tampa Bay Rays were on base, and Aaron Nola was one strike from escaping the jam. Nola, long touted for pinpoint command of his three pitches, delivered a curveball down in the strike zone and a shade outside. Souza flailed at it for an inning-ending strikeout, punctuated with a fist pump by Rupp. It was telling that a 22-pitch fifth inning was the most laborious of the evening for Nola, who backed up the anticipation surrounding his major-league debut with six impressive frames of one-run baseball on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park.
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June 6, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
SINCE USING first-round picks from 1998-2002 on four key pieces to the 2008 World Series championship team, the Phillies' top picks in MLB's First-Year Player Draft have amounted to mostly trade pieces and flat-out misses. No players drafted in the first round post-2002 currently play on the big-league club. Anthony Hewitt, the 24th overall pick in 2008, is in Single A Clearwater. Zach Collier, chosen 10 picks later, is in Double A Reading. The jury is still out on several recent picks - namely lefthander Jesse Biddle (2010)
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June 6, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
AS MARTI WOLEVER sees it, the Phillies don't need to project much regarding Aaron Nola, their best-slotted first-round draft pick since Gavin Floyd in 2001. "There's something to say about having 'Now' stuff," said Wolever, the Phillies' assistant general manager in charge of amateur scouting. "And that's what Aaron Nola has. Aaron Nola has 'Now' stuff. " The Phillies last night made Nola, a 6-1 righthanded pitcher out of LSU, the seventh overall pick in MLB's First-Year Player Draft, which continues today and concludes tomorrow.
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May 30, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
FROM THE END of the second inning to the beginning of the seventh, Zack Wheeler retired 14 straight Phillies hitters, and with relative ease. Only two balls left the outfield over that run spanning six innings. Wheeler's 14th straight out was also his ninth strikeout of the night. The New York Mets righthander was a Marlon Byrd solo home run away from joining an endless list of pitchers who have thrown zeroes up on the Citizens Bank Park scoreboard this month. Byrd's one-out home run in the seventh inning saved the Phillies from being shut out for the sixth time in their last 14 games at home.
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March 12, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Imaginary alarm bells were sounded in Clearwater last Thursday, but it wasn't from the tornado that touched down in the Tampa Bay area that day. It came after Cole Hamels said he wasn't strong enough to throw to hitters. Four days later, Ryne Sandberg provided some "positive" news that should provide at least a temporary calming effect on overworried Phillies fans. Hamels will throw a side bullpen session tomorrow, Sandberg said. It will be the first time Hamels will have taken the mound since March 1. Mike Adams (bullpen session)
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February 18, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Any time the money reaches these kinds of proportions, it is easy to sit back and scoff, and the Phillies can sometimes make it easy for those who wish to do so. But the tone of Ryne Sandberg's voice told the story yesterday. The Phillies needed A.J. Burnett. "He's a belated Christmas and Valentine's Day gift that I've been waiting for," the manager said. These are the names of some of the No. 3 starters that Burnett could find himself matching up against in the National League this season: * Julio Teheran, Braves: 3.20 ERA, 185 2/3 innings, 8.2 K/9, 2.2 BB/9 in 2013 at the age of 22; * Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals: 3.25 ERA, 213 1/3 innings, 6.8 K/9, 1.7 BB/9, 27 years old; * Zack Wheeler, Mets: 3.42 ERA, 100 innings, 7.6 K/9, 4.1 BB/9, 23 years old; * Homer Bailey, Reds: 3.49 ERA, 209 innings, 8.6 K/9, 2.3 BB/9, 27 years old; * Michael Wacha, Cardinals: 2.78 ERA, 64 2/3 innings, 9.0 K/9, 2.6 BB/9, 21 years old; * Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dodgers: 3.00 ERA, 192 innings, 7.2 K/9, 2.3 BB/9, 26 years old. Last year, the Phillies faced Teheran, Zimmermann, Wheeler, Bailey and Ryu a total of 12 times.
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June 2, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies need offense, and the sooner it gets here the better. Marti Wolever, the team's assistant general manager in charge of amateur scouting, is aware of the desperate need and is likely to take a position player when the Phillies select 16th overall in the first-year player draft Thursday night. This is the highest the Phillies have selected in the draft since they took pitcher Gavin Floyd with the fourth overall selection in 2001. If they do take a position player, it will be the team's highest non-pitcher selection since Chase Utley was taken with the 15th overall pick in 2000.
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May 7, 2013
Chicago White Sox pitcher and onetime Great Righthanded Hope for the Phils, Gavin Floyd, will have season-ending Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow. He will likely miss 14 to 19 months. The fourth overall pick of 2001, who was hurt April 27, will have surgery on Tuesday. He went 0-4 with a 5.18 ERA this season.   Bailey's biceps trouble The Boston Red Sox placed closer Andrew Bailey on the disabled list due to right biceps inflammation. The former Paul VI star, who has five saves and a 1.46 ERA this season, received an MRI that revealed no structural damage.
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June 5, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
An hour after another listless Phillies loss Sunday, Chase Utley sat on the grass to the left of the third-base line at Citizens Bank Park. He held his 6-month-old son, playfully jiggling him up and down, and nothing else mattered. The pain in Utley's chronically injured knees had largely subsided for 10 days. The pain of not playing in a 5-1 loss to the Miami Marlins or the 54 games that preceded it is more complex. Being Dad for a few minutes helped. So will a Monday flight to Florida, where the next step in returning to Charlie Manuel's lineup happens.
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